Bus Driver, The
DEPICTS A TRIP TAKEN BY A YOUNG BOY & HIS FATHER FROM NEW YORK TO PITTSBURGH. SHOWS HOW THE BUS DRIVER MEETS DRIVING HAZARDS, SERVES HIS PASSENGERS & KEEPS HIS BUS IN CIRCULATION.
¥ 2:10:01:14- 2:10:21:29
Two driving POV shots. The first is from behind the bus driver's shoulder as he pulls out of the city station. We see cars, people, and buildings through the large square windshield. He turns a corner, and there's a cut to another perspective. We are behind another bus on a crowded city (New York) street.
worth noting: Short but nice driving POV (we can see the top of the bus's large steering wheel) as we drive down a thin, two-lane highway. Cars and trucks come towards us in the other lane.(2:11:00:04- 2:11:07:16)
¥ 2:12:16:00- 2:12:31:14
Excellent shot from the bus driver's perspective. He sees cars behind him in his rear view mirror. We see these cars in his window as well as the countryside going by. Surveillance shot.
¥ 2:17:31:00- 2:17:42:19
Two shots entering Pittsburgh. We first view the bus making its way onto a bridge from which we see industrial Pittsburgh (smoke stacks, mills, etc...). There's a cut to driving POVÑwe look to the side of the bridge to view the "valley" of steel mills and factories.
BUSES DRIVERS TRIPS TRAVEL BOYS FATHERS VACATIONS CITIES COUNTRY TRANSPORTATION WORKERS TRANSIT ROADS HIGHWAYS CHILDREN NEW YORK CITY CITIES PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA LABOR COURTESY SERVICE WORKERS LABOR
Danger Lurks Safety
Subject: Get on that BUS!!
Subject: Pennsylvania Station
Subject: For this we gave up trains?
I think the point of why we watch films like this is the power they have to illustrate certain aspects of life many years ago, rather than how "good" the film is. This isn't a good film, but I'd give it 5 stars just for the illustrative value. I can't do that though due to the poor presentation and annoying editing.
BTW contains a good example of what sounds like a Joisey or Brooklyn accent, and even the narrator shows traces of it at times.
I think this film is also illustrative of the beginning of the golden age of bus travel(at least for the bus lines if not always for the passengers). The long distance carriers benefited from a highway system just beginning to see major improvements, as well as from the decline of railroad passenger service, and the fact that most families still had only one car if any. The bus was everyone's second car.
Subject: Interesting in 1946
Children weren't as sophisticated as now. Taking a long trip on a bus was exciting to them. I feel
"The Bus Driver" did an excellent job for its time. It was well filmed & directed.
Subject: Could be better, but has its merits...
Neat look at long distance bus travel of the era though, and the far more meager road network available at the time to travel long distances. First leg of the trip is a journey from New York to Harrisburg, PA, apparently along US Route 22, then Mr. Fisher gets relieved, and the new driver gets to drive the bus to Pittsburgh along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, then regarded as one of the most ultramodern roads in the country. Lots of neat shots and runbys in the countryside, and a few quick shots in the metropolitan areas make up for a rather ordinary narration, and Mr. Fisher's rather uncomfortable appearance in front of the camera!
Subject: No Romance or Singing, Fortunately, on This Bus Ride
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ***.
Subject: The bus where nothing happened
Subject: Get On The Bus
One bonus point though, I have a rumble seat, I can plug my computer's bass into my seat. It was kind of wild to have the bus rumbling underneath me. Kinda like I was there...